Eyebrows were raised when Cristiano Ronaldo opted to leave Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer.
Serie A is renowned as being a more defensive league than La Liga, and many football fans assumed Ronaldo would struggle to score goals at such a prolific rate.
The Portuguese superstar made scoring goals look easy during his time in Spain. In 438 appearances for Los Blancos, Ronaldo netted a remarkable 450 goals.
That works out as 50 goals a season on average. No wonder Madrid have struggled without the five-time Ballon d’Or winner this season.
Madrid’s loss has undoubtedly been Juve’s gain. Although Ronaldo endured a difficult start to life with the Italian giants, he’s making up for lost time now.
In his last nine appearances, Ronaldo has scored seven goals. All seven goals have been scored in Serie A, making a mockery of suggestions that he would struggle to find the back of the net quite so regularly in Italy’s top division.
Spanish newspaper AS have now revealed that Ronaldo has set a Juventus record which hasn’t been matched for 60 years.
It’s been revealed that no Juve player has scored more than six goals in their first 10 Serie A games since the legendary John Charles during the 1957-58 campaign.
Charles, who scored seven goals in his first 10 league games for the Old Lady, ended his debut campaign in Italy with 28 goals to his name.
And now Ronaldo has matched that tally, making him the first player to score seven goals in his first 10 Serie A appearances for Juventus since the Welshman.
HE’S OUTPERFORMED SOME JUVE LEGENDS
That Juve have had some seriously talented forwards in their ranks over the years makes Ronaldo’s feat all the more impressive.
Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Filippo Inzaghi all scored six goals in their first 10 league appearances for the European giants.
Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet, meanwhile, all netted five in the same number of games.
We can, therefore, assume that Ronaldo is going to end the 2018-19 campaign with another impressive number of goals to his name.
Despite his excellent start to the season, though, Ronaldo does not currently occupy pole position in Serie A’s top goalscorer charts.
He’s currently in second position, two goals behind Genoa’s in-form striker Krzysztof Piatek.